International Collaborators

The HERMES Research Network makes connections with scholars and researchers from around the world who are invested in comparable programs of research. The researchers named below are actively engaged in collaborations with members of the HERMES Research Network concentrated at the University of Newcastle, and share our interests in the study of historical experience, historical consciousness, historical culture, history education, public history, curriculum history, and/or the history of education. Collaborations are listed by broad region. HERMES currently has collaborations with colleagues in Europe, North America and Oceania.




NiklasProfessor Niklas Ammert
Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer
Department of Cultural Sciences
Linnaeus University, Sweden

P: +46 (0)480-44 64 76


Niklas Ammert is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in History (History Didactics, History Education) at Linnaeus university in southern Sweden. Currently he serves as Pro Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He teaches History Didactics, Uses of History and History of Education. Ammert’s main research interest concerns History Didactics and the uses of History – how individuals and groups encounter, interpret and use history at school, in higher education, in politics and in other cultural and societal contexts. He is a member of the National Network for Research in History Didactics in Sweden and International Society of History Didactics. His latest publications include: Historia som kunskap: innehåll, mening och värden i möten med historia (History as Knowledge: Content, Meaning and Values in Encounters with History), Nordic Academic Press 2013 (book) and “What do you know something about history?” Historical Encounters Journal, Vol 1 No 1 2014 (article).


  • Historical Conscious and Moral Consciousness Group
  • Swedish and Australian textbook analysis project
  • Teaching difficult pasts in History classrooms: considerations of curriculum and pedagogy.

Robert ThorpDr Robert Thorp, Ph. L.
Department Textbooks as Media
Georg Eckert Institute, Germany

Dalarna University & Umeå University, Sweden

Robert Thorp joined the Historical Media Postgraduate School, jointly organised by Umeå University and Dalarna University in Sweden in January 2012, where he recently published and defended his licentiate thesis titled Historical Consciousness, Historical Media, and History Education. In August 2013 he joined the leading textbook research centre in the world, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany, as a researcher for the project “Teaching the Cold War: Memory Practices in the Classroom” lead by Dr Barbara Christophe. As part of his licentiate and doctoral studies Robert conducted a major investigation of the concept of historical consciousness in Swedish didactic research, and developed a framework for exploring the uses of history in contemporary cultural practice. His current doctoral work applies this framework to the analysis of history teachers’ interpretations of history textbooks.


Dr Talip Öztürk

Associate Professor, College of Education
Ordu University, Turkey
P:+90 452 226 52 50
W: Associate Professor: Talip Öztürk



Dr. Talip Öztürk is an associate professor at Ordu University, College of Education, elementary education department. He was Visiting Research Fellow in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA in 2010. He was also post-doc researcher in Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada in 2013. He currently serves as the director of Continuing Education Center in Ordu University. Talip’s research has included; project based learning in social studies, comparative curriculum studies, environmental education in social studies, oral history studies.

Professor Christian Mathis
History Education
Zurich University of Teacher Education



Christian Mathis is currently a Professor in History Education at Zurich University of Teacher Education where he teaches courses in History Education, Social Studies Education, and General Studies: Phenomenon Orientated Teaching, Multi- and Interdisciplinary Teaching. Christian’s scholarly interests and contributions are located within the field of History and History Education, Social Studies Education; Civic Education; Teacher Education. His current scholarly projects focus in various ways on students’, teacher students’, and teachers’ conceptions and beliefs.

North America

PaulZDr Paul Zanazanian
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrated Studies in Education
McGill University, Quebec, Canada

P: (514) 398-3077


Dr Paul Zanazanian is an Assistant Professor at McGill University, Canada; and a member of the Editorial Board of Historical Encounters. His research expertise centres on explorations of the workings of historical consciousness in the development of ethno-cultural, civic, and national identities, with a particular focus on the dynamics of such processes in both formal and informal school settings; and has contributed to an understanding of the ways in which educational practitioners use their historical consciousness for developing a sense of professional identity and agency. He has particular interest in the politics of history teaching; national historical narratives and issues of inclusion and exclusion; and specialised expertise in problems of history, community, and identity in complex communities (i.e. English-speaking Quebec).



Anna-ClarkDr Anna Clark
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
& 2015 ARC Future Fellow

Australian Centre for Public History
University of Technology Sydney



Anna Clark is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in public history at the University of Technology, Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate. Her PhD thesis, Teaching the Nation, was published by Melbourne University Press in 2006 and examines debates about teaching Australian history in schools. Follow up research, History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom (New South, 2008), used interviews with 250 history teachers, students and curriculum officials from around Australia to explore Australian history teaching in school. She has also written two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored! Anna’s current project, Whose Australia? Popular Understandings of the Nation, uses interviews with 100 Australians from around the country to consider and include their thoughts on history and national identity in public discussion about the past. Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she has also recently been commissioned to write a history of fishing in Australia, which will be published in 2016.


  • In development

bill-greenProfessor Bill Green
Emeritus Professor
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, Australia




Bill Green is Emeritus Professor at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Teacher Education, Bathurst, Australia, after retiring from the position of Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education in mid-2013. He served as Sub-Dean of Research and Scholarship for the Faculty of Education (2002-2006). A foundation Key Researcher of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) at CSU, he was also CSU Strategic Research Professor for RIPPLE for 2007-2012. Before his appointment to CSU, he was Professor of Applied Curriculum Studies at the University of New England, following academic appointments at Deakin and Murdoch Universities. Originally a secondary English teacher, he worked for over twenty years in teacher education, with a specific focus on English teaching, literacy education and curriculum studies. His principal research interests have been in curriculum inquiry and literacy studies, curriculum history, particularly the history and politics of English teaching and the English subjects, doctoral research education, education for rural-regional sustainability, and practice theory and professional education. His publications include 12 edited collections, over 55 book chapters, and more than 80 journal articles. He has been the recipient of five Discovery grants and three Linkage grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), his most recent competitive research funding was from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCS) in 2010-2011. He continues to be involved in research and scholarly writing.


Mrs Yvonne Salton
School of Education and Early Childhood
University of Southern Queensland


P: (07) 3470 4342

Yvonne Salton is currently a lecturer in History Education at the University of Southern Queensland where she lectures on Australian History: Curriculum and Pedagogy and Perspectives in Education. Yvonne has research interests in teacher identity and images of the teacher self, teachers professional practice, pedagogical approaches and student engagement.

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